Katie E.Mead


Perth + 61.8.6214.5722

Katie Mead's practice focuses on dispute resolution involving major resources, projects, and construction. She has significant experience acting for principals, contractors, and subcontractors in preparation for arbitration and litigation proceedings. Katie also provides strategic advice to a range of domestic and international clients in the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors.

Katie has recently worked for clients on a wide range of high-value onshore and offshore construction projects. She has particular experience running complex international and domestic commercial arbitrations and has also represented clients in Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation proceedings. Katie has represented owners, contractors, and subcontractors in relation to some of the largest project disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. She has particular experience in claims involving defective works, contractual termination, and statutory misleading or deceptive conduct, as well as contractual claims relating to extensions of time, variations, and project delays. Katie has conducted arbitrations seated in multiple international jurisdictions and is familiar with a variety of institutional rules.

Katie has provided pro bono assistance in many matters while at the Firm and is a member of the Jones Day Perth Pro Bono Committee. Katie is on the Committee of Women in Oil and Gas in Western Australia and is a representative on multiple subcommittees within the Society of Construction Law Australia (SoCLA). She is also an active member of several industry bodies, including Women Lawyers of Western Australia, the National Association of Women in Construction, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.


  • Tri-Star litigates joint venture disputes in AustraliaJones Day is acting for Tri-Star Petroleum Company, an independent oil and gas explorer, in multiple court proceedings concerning joint ventures in Queensland for the production of coal seam gas.
  • Family of child with Down syndrome quashes invalid visa refusal in the Federal Court of AustraliaJones Day has been acting pro bono for Ms. Kim Dang and her family since 2016.
  • MacDow defends subcontractor's claims for breach of contractJones Day is defending breach of contract claims made against McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd (MacDow) by a subcontractor performing works for MacDow at the Mooka Ore Car Repair Shop Project.
  • International offshore contractor manages disputes with owner and subcontractorJones Day is advising an international offshore contractor in relation to alleged defects procured by a subcontractor on the Ichthys Project.
  • Duro Felguera files claim against head contractor relating to Roy Hill Iron Ore ProjectJones Day is acting for Duro Felguera Australia Pty Ltd (DFA), a Spanish mining and construction contractor, in relation to the following disputes arising in respect of the US$10 billion Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in Western Australia.
  • Monadelphous litigates in Supreme Court of Western AustraliaJones Day acted for Monadelphous KT Pty Ltd. in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia (and two adjudications) concerning the construction of the Fortescue River Gas Pipeline Project, a 270km pipeline connecting the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to Fortescue Metal’s Solomon Hub mine.
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